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Rhonda’s Dreamtime III

I thought this week it was time to shake it up a bit…..we’re off having a break from the office and enjoying the great Queensland weather so I thought I would share my top Indigenous experiences in case you’re in Queensland looking for a fun family activity.

Now I’m based in Brisbane at the moment so I thought I would start off with a few down south, but the good news is there are incredible experiences across the state!

Spirits of the Red Sands – an interactive dinner show that tells the story of an Indigenous family from the 1800s. The way that the show tells the story of upheaval and two cultures learning to live alongside one another is both insightful and entertaining. There are some hard truths discussed but the delivery is outstanding!

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary – their new show Wildsky is starting 1 January. I was lucky enough to be invited to the preview….those of you that know me would know that I am not the biggest animal fan (except for my cat “Bear”) But watching these little birds waddling on to stage was wonderful. A great one for the family – I know my little grandkids will enjoy this!

Blackcard Cultural Tours – think you know Brisbane? Think again! The BlackCard offer three unique cultural tours in the heart of Brisbane city. Each tour provides a rare opportunity to learn more about Brisbane’s Aboriginal history through the genuine knowledge of Aboriginal tour guides. Open your eyes to a new Brisbane.

Minjerribah Camping – North Stradbroke Island – I’m not a camper, but my Program Officer certainly is and she cannot get enough of Minjerribah Camping! Beautiful beaches in the Queensland sun…apparently that’s paradise….!

Dreamworld/Corroboree – Corroboree brings our heritage to life, it is a celebration of heritage, culture, wildlife and stories. An amazing opportunity for families to interact with free roaming kangaroos, sneak a quick cuddle with a koala or watch the crocs gobble up their lunch. There’s also boomerang throwing, fire painting, music and arts! Make sure you say hi to our ex school based trainee Akayla – she’s wonderful!

Moving North ……

Mossman Gorge took out gold at this years Queensland Tourism Award! In the southern part of the World Heritage Listed Daintree Rainforest the guided Dreamtime Walks give an insight into the ancient flora and fauna of the rainforest and the Kuku Yalanii culture.

Pamagarri dancers at Rainforestation  – Local Indigenous Pamagirri guides welcome you on a journey to discover the Dreamtime and learn about the customs and ancient traditions that are kept alive in the rainforest of Kuranda. A show and a walk make this an engaging way to learn more about the culture and history of the region.

Tjapukai – You can’t go to Cairns without going to Tjapukai Cultural Park! The park offers cultural experiences, performance, dance, arts and most importantly food! It’s a hands on experience so make sure you are ready to get involved!

Reef Magic – These guys are incredible….Step back into the Great Barrier Reef’s Dreamtime with Indigenous sea rangers on a day tour to two spectacular outer Great Barrier Reef sites. Dreamtime Dive & Snorkel is a unique reef educational Great Barrier Reef experience incorporating the world’s oldest living culture and the stories Traditional Owners have passed down over tens of thousands of years. The enthusiasm of the young land and sea rangers knows no bounds! You will come away from this excited and inspired!

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway – If all this action isn’t for you (or your knees are as bad as mine) a trip up the cableway may  be for you! The Skyrail experience offers a truly unique perspective of Australia’s World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforest as you glide just metres above the pristine rainforest canopy before descending to explore the forest floor at the Red Peak and Barron Falls Rainforest Stations.

No matter what you get up to on your break, I hope that part of your experience or the story you share with the ones you love this Christmas is about the incredible history and culture that we have right here on our doorstep! Murri Christmas everyone!!

Images supplied by Tjapukai, thank you

Source = Rhona Appo Queensland Tourism Industry Council



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